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SPEEDWAY CHILDREN’S CHARITIES-TEXAS CHAPTER HELPS UNVEIL NEW TARRANT AREA FOOD BANK TRUCK FOR MOBILE PANTRY PROGRAM
- Food Bank Utilizes $150,000 Founder’s Grant From SCC-Texas Chapter To Purchase Refrigerated Tractor Trailer To Greatly Enhance Food Distribution For Underserved Children
FORT WORTH, Texas (Dec. 21, 2015) – The Tarrant Area Food Bank unveiled its new refrigerated tractor trailer Monday that will substantially increase food distribution for underserved children courtesy of the generosity of the Texas Chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities.
>The 53-foot tractor trailer for the TAFB’s food distribution arrived this morning at the Denton Community Food Center and several members of the SCC Board of Trustees, led by president Scooter Gierisch, were on hand to help unload the truck as it officially became the latest addition to food bank’s fleet. The critical addition was made possible by Speedway Children’s Charities-Texas Chapter, which awarded the Tarrant Area Food Bank a Founder’s Grant for $150,000 at the close of 2014 to expand its mobile pantry program.
“This grant allowed the Tarrant Area Food Bank to serve more North Texas children and that is what Speedway Children’s Charities is all about,” said Gierisch, who also serves as the mayor of Roanoke. “The food bank has had an outstanding year in helping people and we are glad this truck was able to help in that process.”
The vehicle has enabled TAFB to increase their distribution of nutritious, perishable food to nearly 50,000 additional underserved children annually. Tarrant Area Food Bank is the primary source of donated food for hunger-relief charities and feeding programs in 13 North Texas counties.
This year alone, the TAFB sourced 36 million pounds of product and distributed 28.5 million pounds of food through its 300 agencies. TAFB was able to provide access to a total of 23.6 million nutritious meals or approximately 462,000 meals each week this year. The truck, on average, will deliver nearly 36,000 pounds of food to local agencies.
The delivery today helped the following agencies: Denton Community Food Center, The Salvation Army of Denton, Our Daily Bread, Singing Oaks Church of Christ and the Denton Freedom House.
“This truck has allowed us to deliver more perishable food to the outlying regions that we serve,” said Stephen Russell, marketing manager of the Tarrant Area Food Bank. “We have had a great year and this truck has played a big part in us being able to do that. We can’t thank the Speedway Children’s Charities enough for their generous grant.”
Since 1997, Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter has made a lasting impact on children in North Texas. This year the Speedway Children's Charities-Texas Chapter reached a significant milestone by surpassing $10 million in grants to area children's organizations. The funds distributed by the organization are raised through special events held throughout the year. The majority of SCC events are centered on the three major race weeks at Texas Motor Speedway.